Monday, December 13, 2010

24 Days

I'm on vacation from work, 24 glorious days. Days of doing what I want, when I want and how I want. Twenty four days of having total control of my life. I could get use to living like this.

I don't have any plans for this time, just time at home, relaxing, taking it easy. Some of my coworkers consider this a waste of vacation time. I consider it something I really needed for myself. Some quiet time .

The problem is that I feel like I'm wasting time. I'm four days into my vacation and although I'm loving doing nothing, I still have things I need to do, and for some reason, I'm not doing them.

Christmas shopping, Christmas cards and decorating the house are at the top of my list. Yet each day I tell myself I don't feel like it today, maybe tomorrow. My husband says it's post-traumatic stress from months of long hours at work, and that I'm tired from trying to meet what seemed like impossible deadlines. He keeps telling me I deserve a break.

Maybe he's right, or maybe I'm just lazy. Regardless, I've decided to set a schedule for myself tomorrow. A flexible one, but one where I have to get at least a few things done. I wrote out one Christmas card today. That was my big accomplishment (and the gym, always the gym).

It also occurred to me this would be a great time to do the Twenty Day experiment. I've been following Roxie doing it and it sounds sort of fun. It just happens I have 20 days left of my vacation, a perfect time to do this experiment.

Exercise and Food
I've rediscovered Pomegranates. They're at the peak right now, and I absolutely love them. They keep my hands busy for a good 45 minutes, eating them one arils (juice/seed sacs) at a time.

The only issue I'm having with them is that Weight Watchers now has the zero Points for fruits rule. So that makes Pomegranates, well, zero Points. One big Pomegranate (4" in diameter) is 234 calories. I know these are healthy calories, but still, they are calories.

Just for fun I entered the nutritional information (fat 3.4, protein 4.7, carbs  52.7 and fiber 11.3) into the PointsPlus calculator online and the Pomegranate (if fruit had Points) would be 6 Points. I know this isn't how the new plan works, and I'm not suppose to think of fruit having Points, but you know what I'm thinking. I could gain weight on Pomegranates if I ate enough of them.

Exercise was good today. 10 minutes on the crosstrainer for my warmup and then a hard push on the StairMaster for 30 minutes. There was an old guy on the one next to me and I think we were having a competition. He looked like he was about 70 and he was really going to town, taking two steps to my one (and my average step rate is 67 steps per minute). Although he was leaning heavily on the front railing (a no-no to proper form on the StairMaster). I also got in 40 minutes of weight lifting, upper body.

Tomorrow...Day One of Twenty.


Grace said...

Diana, no way are you lazy. Not with your schedule and activity level. I agree with your hub, I think you are just burned out. Sleep late, putter around your house, relax, in other words...CHILL!

Enjoy your time off. :)

Roxie said...

Yep, burned out. Don't "should" yourself through the holidays. You'll do it when you want to do it and until then, it won't be a pleasure, it will be a chore. And where is it written in stone that those things MUST be done? And by you?

I'm glad someone else is trying the twenty day thing. I'm really interested in seeing how it all turns out. It's been enlightening so far. And drafty :-)

Helen said...

I'm completely in agreement with your hubby on this one. I liken it to when we go to the Caribbean on vacation... always go full of plans and then promptly spend at least the first 3 days giving in to sand gravity and doing nothing but eating really good food, laying on the beach, and sleeping. A lot.

Smaller "to-do" lists probably will help you get going on some of it but really as Roxie said, you need to find pleasure in it!

Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

Revel in your laziness. It's not often you get to take it easy like this, so enjoy yourself (but don't go crazy with it, if you know what I mean).

bbubblyb said...

So happy you are getting a rest, enjoy it Diana, you've earned it.

Carrieheff said...

Enjoy your time off. Don't put too much pressure on yourself to get things done. You get enough pressure with your job.

Christine said...

enjoy your rest and counting the cals in poms...I would. an apple is 80, a pom is 235...two slices of bread. I am with you on that one.

Ron said...

Enjoy that time off. Looking forward to my next vacation!

Calotren said...

Enjoy the moment but do some regular exercises and you can take some good herbal supplements in your vacation for maintaining your weight.